In their works, mingling colours, light, mass and illusions, Florian and Michael Quistrebert play back the main motifs of modern art, while perverting them, through a particular approach to matter. At the Palais de Tokyo, they are deploying a vast optical theatre in which experience of their paintings and videos is disturbed by the glittering and internal motions of objects. The Quistrebert brothers’ ambiguous pieces evoke the impossibility of grasping a painting. Their pictures are never what they show or, rather, never stabilize themselves around their subjects. The artists explore perception by handling it in various ways, which can be intellectual, optical, symbolic or else occult.
Book contents - “Trance, Meditation, Madness”: An essay by Khairudin Hori, cocurator of Florian & Michael Quistrebert’s solo show at the Palais de Tokyo. - “Turbulent Infinities”: An essay by Hugo Vitrani, cocurator of Florian & Michael Quistrebert’s solo show at the Palais de Tokyo. - “The Substance of Painting is Light”: A conversation between Florian & Michael Quistrebert and Mara Hoberman. - Notes on a selection of the artists’s works.
About the authors: - Khairuddin Hori is the deputy director of artistic programmes at the Palais de Tokyo. - Hugo Vitrani contributes to Mediapart and Beaux-Arts Magazine. He is the curator of the Palais de Tokyo’s urban art programme. - Mara Hoberman is a freelance curator and a writer.Book published on the occasion of Florian & Michael Quistrebert’s solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, “The Light of the Light,” 19.02 – 16.05 2016